Top 10 Most Famous Dragons of All Time

Dragons are awesome mythical creatures. And there's a lot of them in mythology, folklore, and pop culture. And I've compiled a list of ten of the most famous dragons in history.

The Top Ten Most Famous Dragons of All Time

1 Shenron (Dragon Ball) Shenron is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

awesome - rashaun


2 Krak's Dragon (Polish Folklore)

In Polish legend, a fearsome dragon lives in a dark cave at the foot of Wawel Hill along the banks of the Vistula River. Every day it rages through the countryside, terrifying the inhabitants of Kraków. A peasant boy named Krak is allowed by the king to slay the dragon. Krak stuffs three roasted sheep full of sulfur and hot spices and leaves the spicy meal next to the dragon's cave. The dragon gulps them down whole. The spices and sulfur burn the dragon's stomach. It drinks half the Vistula River to quench it's thirst. It's swollen, burning gut bursts and kills it.

3 Fafnir (Norse Mythology)

I love his portrayal in Dragon Maid. - OPZoroark

In Norse mythology, Fafnir was once a greedy dwarf, but got turned into a dragon after being affected by the curse of Andvari's ring and gold. His brother Regin asks the hero Sigurd to slay Fafnir because Fafnir murdered their father for the treasure and he still refuses to share it with Regin. Sigurd digs a trench across the path Fafnir follows for his daily drink at the river. Hidden in the trench, Sigurd thrusts his mighty sword into Fafnir's belly as he slithers overhead. At Regin's request, Sigurd cuts out Fafnir's heart and roasts it. Sigurd burns his fingers on the red-hot heart. When he sucks on his fingers to relieve the pain, the taste of Fafnir's blood gives Sigurd the power to understand the language of birds. The birds warn Sigurd that Regin plans to kill him, so Sigurd kills Regin and claims the treasure.

4 Yamata no Orochi (Japanese Mythology)

Yamata no Orochi is an evil dragon that has eight heads and eight tails. Each year he demands that a Japanese maiden be offered to him in sacrifice. Susanoo, the god of the sea and storms, is the only one who can stop him. He arranges right enormous vats of rice wine in a circle and leaves them out to tempt the dragon. Attracted by the smell of the strong wine, Orochi plunges each of his eight heads into a vat and drinks greedily. The drunken dragon collapses helpless to the ground and Susanoo uses his powerful sword to slice Orochi to pieces. The local river runs red with the blood of the slain dragon.

I have always found it fascinating - Mynewaccount

5 The Fucanglong (Chinese Mythology)

The Fucanglong (also known as Futs-Lung) is the Chinese underworld dragon who guards buried treasures, both natural and man-made. His most treasured possession is a magic pearl that multiplies when touched. The pearl is considered the most valuable of his treasures because it represents wisdom. It takes nearly 3,000 years for the Fucanglong to grow to his terrific adult size. Newly hatched, he looks much like an eel. By 500 years of age, the Fucanglong has grown a head that resembles a carp's. By his 1,500th birthday, he will grow a long tail, a head with a thick beard, and four Stimpy legs with claws. At the age of 2,000, the Fucanglong will have horns.

so cool

Gorgeous - Mynewaccount

6 Smaug (The Hobbit) Smaug is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit.

Smaug, just the name, reminds me of the fearsome battles that dragon has fought.

The last of the great dragons of Middle Earth and the primary antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. He lives within the Linely Mountain and has a huge pile of treasure that he stole from the dwarves. Bilbo Baggins tries to steal a two-handled cup from the treasure hoard, but Smaug later discovers the theft and circles the sky above the mountain in a rage, bellowing and shooting flames. Later, Bilbo makes himself invisible and sneaks into the dragon's cave again. Although Smaug cannot see Bilbo, he can smell him and he mocks the invisible hobbit. Bilbo flatters the vain Smaug into rolling over onto his back. Bilbo spots an open patch in Smaug's jeweled armor. Knowledge of his weak spot is passed on to Bard the Bowman, who kills Smaug with a single, black, dwarf-made arrow.

Forget Gollum, this is the most iconic character in all of Lord of the Rings!

This should totally be #1! I've never even heard of 1-4. - TheHabsFan

7 Vermithrax Pejorative (Dragonslayer)
8 Dragon (Shrek Franchise)

God damn shes hot

100% hands down best dragon

She is a beautiful red dragon!

Almost blew a load when I saw the picture

9 Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon Franchise)

Everyone wants a Toothless

I love Toothless

Cutest Dragon 1st prize

toothless it the best! and I am a huge fan of httyd

10 Charizard (Pokémon) Charizard, known in Japan as Lizardon, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Charizard first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. They have later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated more.

Actually he isn't a dragon


the BEST

He isn’t a dragon or a dragon type. His description doesn’t even say dragon! He is a flying and fire pokemon

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11 Beowulf's Dragon (Beowulf)

The third and final enemy in the epic poem Beowulf, one of the earliest known works of fiction. The dragon is also the first example of a fire-breathing dragon in literature.

The dragon is awoken after a slave steals a jewel-encrusted cup from its layer, driving the dragon into a frenzy. The monster attacks Beowulf's homeland, forcing Beowulf to take action by going into its lair with his thanes. In the end, all of Beowulf's thanes run away except Wiguf. Beowulf dies in battle with the beast, but he does allow Wiguf to deliver the killing blow.

Beowulf dragon is by far one of my favorite dragon

I love dragons. Nice list.
May I just add that there's a lot of them in metal music, too, especially in power and folk metal - on album covers, in song titles and lyrics, in band names. - Metal_Treasure

12 Drogon (Game of Thrones)

Should be number 1

13 Hungarian Horntail (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

So who doesn't like Harry Potter because I definitely do

He ate zork - EliHbk

14 Spyro (Spyro Series) Spyro is a series of platform games which primarily features the protagonist Spyro the Dragon and his friend, Sparx the Dragonfly.

Spyro should be #1 on this list, he’s so AWESOME

15 Alduin (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

Gamers vote please!

Best name here

Can't die unless a Dragon born tries BOOM

Best Dovah ever

16 Saint George's Dragon (Saint George and the Dragon)

A bloodthirsty monster that appears in an episode to the hagiography of Saint George called Saint George and the Dragon. The dragon lives by a spring that provides all the water for the city of Cyrene. The dragon demands human sacrifices and the princess of Cyrene is chosen as the next victim. The princess is tied to a wooden stake near the spring. Saint George, a soldier of the Roman Empire, discovers the distressed princess and untied her. Saint George charges the dragon on horseback. His sturdy lance penetrates deep enough only to wound the dragon. Using the princess's sash as a leash, Saint George and the princess lead the injured creature into town. Saint George announces he will finish off the dragon if the citizens convert to Christianity. They agree to convert and Saint George draws his sword and kills the dragon.

17 Puff, the Magic Dragon (Peter, Paul and Mary Song)

I love Puff and I feel sorry for him because his best friend Jackie Paper left. Don't worry Puff, I will be your friend!

Puff should be number one on this list because he is the most well known dragons in song.

He needs to be higher on this list! Puff is adorable!

18 Tohru (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid)

Fierce dragon some parts of the day, cute girl day and night

Compassionate even though she could destroy everyone, 10/10

19 Sapphira (Inheritance Cycle)
20 Mushu (Mulan)

He's from my favorite movie

Super cute and funny!

21 Glaurung (Silmarillion)
22 Blue-Eyes White Dragon (Yu-Gi-Oh!)

You know there's a accuracy problem when red eyes is put above blue eyes...


23 Zmey Gorynych (Slavic Mythology)

I've heard of this dragon (Zmey) thanks to some folk metal songs by Russian and East European bands. - Metal_Treasure

In Slavic mythology, Zmey Gorynych is a Russian dragon with three heads and seven tails. It was known best for the battle that it started with the warrior Dobrynya Nikitich. After three days of fighting, Dobrynya was ready to give up, but received a message from heaven and began to fight fiercer than ever. After three days and three hours, the mighty dragon was slain by the noble warrior. It is through this folktale that Zmey Gorynych became famous.

24 Igneel (Fairy Tail)

Igneel is one of my favorite dragon

igneel is the true dragon king

I love natsu and him

25 King Ghidorah (Ghidorah, the Three - Headed Monster) King Ghidorah is Godzilla's Greatest Enemy of all times since 1964's Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster.

He is the most iconic, like his worst enemy, Godzilla - Deathshield18

this guy is insane

best boi

26 Ender Dragon (Minecraft)

Never has one dragon been slaughtered so many times only to resurrect once more.

We all love minecraft though...

27 Maleficent's Dragon Form (Sleeping Beauty)


28 Jawzahr (Persian Mythology)

Jawzahr is a dragon that originated from Persian mythology. He was believed to be what caused solar eclipses. He causes the eclipses by swallowing the sun and the moon. He menaces the two great luminaries, chasing them around the sky and devouring them at regular intervals. Jawzahr commands a legion of demons and is a crafty, curious dragon. He disguises himself as a god one day and drinks an immortality-giving potion only for the gods. The sunannd the moon, however, see everything and they report Jawzahr's trickery to the gods. As punishment, Jawzahr's head is severed with one well aimed throw of a discus. But Jawzahr's is already immortal because of the potion he drank and cannot be killed.

Enraged, Jawzahr ascends to the sky. The two immortal parts of him live on separate from each other. Jawzahr is angry at both the sun and moon for revealing his deception of the gods. He forever chases the sun and moon, gobbling them down when he catches them. Any time an eclipse occurs, ...more

29 Doofy the Dragon (SuperMarioLogan)
30 Fuchur (The Neverending Story)

He's also called "Falkor" in English.

31 Dragonite Dragonite, known in Japan as Kairyu, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
32 Red-Eyes Black Dragon (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
33 Paarthurnax (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

He is a polite Dovah

34 Hydra (Greek Mythology)
35 Dragonite (Pokemon) Dragonite, known in Japan as Kairyu, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
36 Shendu (Jackie Chan Adventures)
37 Black Skull Dragon - Yu-Gi-Oh!
38 Harpie's Pet Dragon (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
39 Rayquaza (Pokémon) Rayquaza is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. It lives in the ozone layer, and frequently stops battles with Kyogre and Groudon, two other Legendaries.
40 Ladon (Greek Mythology)

In Greek mythology, Ladon is a monstrous dragon with 100 heads who twines his body around a tree bearing golden apples. He was placed in the Garden of the Hesperides by Hera, Queen of the Olympians. His task is to guard the garden and its golden apples.

The king of Mycenae tests Hercules by assigning him twelve labors. The eleventh labor requires Hercules to steal the golden apples that Ladon guards. Hercules dips his arrow tips in the gall of a hydra and fires the poisoned arrows over the garden wall at Ladon. The awful dragon is felled by the poisoned arrows and Hercules enters the garden safely. He steals the apples and completes his eleventh labor. Passing sailors later report having seen the slain Ladon with only the tip of his tail still twitching.

41 Lindworm (Middle European Folklore)
42 Elliot (Pete's Dragon)
43 Norbert/Norberta (Harry Potter)

Well he's gotta 'ave a name dunn he

44 Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
45 The Winged Dragon of Ra - Yu-Gi-Oh!
46 Slifer The Sky Dragon - Yu-Gi-Oh!
47 Porunga (Dragon Ball)
48 Jake Long (American Dragon: Jake Long)
49 Onaga (Mortal Kombat Deception) Onaga, the Dragon King, is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He made his debut in Mortal Kombat: Deception, in which he also served as the main antagonist and final boss.
50 Latias (Pokemon) Latias, known in Japan as the same name, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
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